My co-worker left this ad on my desk and thought I might be interested. I called. Hmmm….interesting conversation.
The woman wanted a family Christmas stocking duplicated. She does not have the pattern and the stocking is about two feet long. Here’s a few of the comments and red flags!
“I took the stocking I already have to a yarn shop and they told me it would be easy.”
“I’m in no hurry for it but I already took it away from one lady because she had the materials for 3 weeks and had not completed the stocking.”
“Oh, it has trees in the pattern and I want my son’s name and birth date included.”
“It should go quickly. I’m not interested in learning to knit and do it myself.”
I asked what “ball park” figure did she have in mind for payment. She couldn’t come up with an amount.
I informed her I was not interested after all and suggested she contact a senior citizen center as I was sure there would be a knitter who would be interested and who had the time.
This person lives in a very affluent community. I wanted to say, but didn’t, “You would not be able to afford to pay for my time.” So, she mentioned the retirement community where she lives and said, “oh, but they would not be interested!”…………as if the task would be beneath them.
What do you think would have been a fair price? Let’s assume size 6 needles and worsted weight yarn as well as recharting the pattern.